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December 8, 1991 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vinko Bilandzic went back to his native city Vukovar in August to visit the graves of his mother and father. "They were not there anymore," he said. "Bombed. " Three uncles and their families are still missing in the ruins of the city that was devastated by three months of attacks by Serb-dominated Yugoslav federal forces. His sister, his brother and two cousins were able to flee to other parts of war-torn Croatia. "No one knows where the rest all are - killed or not killed," said Bilandzic, 57, a tool and die maker at the Budd Co. "All their homes were destroyed.
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September 16, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jadranka Fischer, 65, of Devon, who worked to increase awareness of the war in her native Croatia during the 1990s and raised money to support about 10 Croatian children orphaned during the war, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Paoli Hospital. Mrs. Fischer was the wife of Raoul Fischer, a retired marketing executive with Unisys Corp. in Blue Bell. In 1992, an exhibition of photographs from the Croatian war organized by Mrs. Fischer was displayed in Washington and Philadelphia, her husband said.
SPORTS
August 26, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mislav Brzoja, a 6-foot-4 guard from Croatia who is a threat from three-point range, has been added to Villanova's basketball roster, coach Jay Wright announced Friday. Brzoja, who will be eligible to compete as a freshman during the season, spent last season leading Traders Point Christian Academy of Whitespoint, Ind., to a 24-3 record. Earlier this month, he averaged 15.0 points, 1.9 assists, and 2.3 steals in helping lead Croatia to victory in the under-18 European Championships.
SPORTS
January 6, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Ivica and Janica Kostelic, of Croatia, yesterday became the first brother and sister to win World Cup Alpine races on the same day. Janica won a slalom on her 21st birthday in Bormio, Italy, then watched on TV with her father as her brother captured a slalom in Slovenia less than an hour later. "It's a great day for our family," Janica said. "It's a strange record indeed, but I'm pleased with it . . . We've spoken for years about winning a race on the same day. " Sport Stops Gianni Romme, of the Netherlands, won the 10,000-meter race and earned the men's overall title at the European speedskating championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
NEWS
February 28, 1993 | By Dan Stets, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the hour before sunset, the main street of Dubrovnik, the stradun, once again is thronged with people enjoying their traditional stroll. They laugh, talk, greet friends and fellow survivors. The young men - some in Croatian army uniform, others in jeans and anoraks - smile at the women and ignore the asphalt patches that cover the shell holes in the polished stone pavement. The people of Dubrovnik, who survived months besieged by the guns of the Serb-led Yugoslav army, are beginning to enjoy life again.
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By mike kern and Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE NOTHING is official yet, it appears that Villanova could be getting close to adding another basketball player to its roster. Sources familiar with the situation indicated that 6-4 guard Mislav Brzoja, of Croatia, could be joining the Wildcats by the time classes start late next month. He would be eligible to play immediately. Brzoja, who attended Traders Point Christian in Whitestown, Ind., last year, had committed to Northwestern. But he was denied admission, after reportedly having a 4.0 grade-point average at TPC. For a while it seemed like he might be headed to Dayton, but now Villanova looks like the favorite.
NEWS
November 11, 1993 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sitting in a cafe, sipping a vodka and tonic at the Hotel Admiral at 11 a.m., Monika Brunner has only one worry on her mind. When will it stop raining long enough to permit a stroll along the boardwalk? Here on the gentle coast of the Adriatic, on the edge of the war-torn remnants of the former Yugoslavia, danger is far from her mind. Brunner says she feels safer than she would in, say, Miami. "Florida, I've been there before. Miami, Orlando, Cape Canaveral. It's too dangerous.
LIVING
December 17, 2000 | By Eirik Knutzen, FOR THE INQUIRER
In the right place at the right time. That's the story of Goran Visnjic's eventful life, leading from the war-torn Croatian coastal city of Sibenik on the Adriatic Sea to Hollywood and international stardom on ER - in five short years. At the age of 9, Visnjic (pronounced Vish-nick) was in his elementary school class when a representative from one of Sibenik's amateur theater groups dropped by looking for gregarious children to take part in a local stage production. The teacher tossed several names about, including Visnjic's.
NEWS
May 7, 1995 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A cow walks down the sidewalk, her udder painfully swollen with milk. Pigs stroll smack in the middle of the road, unconcerned about the prospect of a passing car. Chickens and dogs scamper about an uninhabited house, while a horse grazes in the front yard. There are no human beings in this most eerie of ghost towns, only animals. One might think the barnyard had staged a coup d'etat. But no, the tiny village of Rajic is part of a 200-square-mile swath of land Croatia recaptured a few days ago from rebel Serbs.
NEWS
September 3, 1992 | By David Zucchino, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The soldier had no name, no papers. He was a big and robust man, and so it took him a long time to die. He lay still on a basement operating room slab yesterday. He was a tank gunner on the Bosnian front who had taken a sliver of shrapnel to his heart. For many long minutes, the surgeons cut and sewed, cut and sewed at his pink wounds. A nurse squeezed a hand pump to force oxygen down his windpipe. A tall intern pressed down hard, again and again, on the soldier's chest so that it heaved mightily and then dropped.
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September 3, 2014 | By Shamus J. Clancy, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS WEEKEND marked the beginning of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the first chance for Sixers fans to watch 2014 first-round pick Dario Saric of Croatia on a large, international stage. The 12th-overall pick has impressed, as Croatia holds a 2-1 record in Group B of the tourney. Saric is averaging 27.3 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest in three tournament games while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. The skills that made Saric such an intriguing prospect to general manager Sam Hinkie have been on display: He is 6-10 and can play any position on the court due to his distributing abilities.
SPORTS
June 28, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Sam Hinkie is a gambling man. The 76ers general manager selected former Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third pick in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center. The Sixers made the pick after their proposed trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top overall selection fell through. Embiid, who could not attend the draft because of his recent surgery and instead watched from Kansas, told ESPN about watching the draft on TV instead of in person: "It is different.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nora Situm, the 5-year-old Croatian girl whose homeland raised money for her to seek experimental leukemia therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died early Wednesday while the tailor-made treatment was still being produced. "We are very sorry for the loss of Nora Situm, and express our deepest sympathies to her parents, family, and many friends and supporters in Croatia," the hospital said in a statement. "During the time Nora was in our care, we were in awe of the tremendous courage and spirit displayed by her and her parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nora Situm, the 5-year-old Croatian girl whose homeland raised money for her to seek experimental leukemia therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died early Wednesday while the tailor-made treatment was still being produced. "We are very sorry for the loss of Nora Situm, and express our deepest sympathies to her parents, family, and many friends and supporters in Croatia," the hospital said in a statement. "During the time Nora was in our care we were in awe of the tremendous courage and spirit displayed by her and her parents.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nora Situm, the 5-year-old Croatian child seeking experimental leukemia therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has overcome the first obstacle to qualify for the treatment. Doctors have collected a big-enough supply of her T cells, the immune cells that form the basis of the therapy, said Richard Aplenc, Nora's oncologist. The update came in a video statement released Friday by the hospital and Nora's mother, Giana Atanasovska, and father, Ivica Situm. Nora's arrival at Children's on Feb. 7 was the subject of controversy here and in Croatia because of a misunderstanding over the cost of the treatment.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nora Situm, the 5-year-old Croatian child seeking an experimental leukemia therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has overcome the first obstacle to qualifying for the treatment. Doctors have collected a big enough supply of her T cells, the immune cells that form the basis of the therapy, said Richard Aplenc, Nora's oncologist. The update came in a video statement released Friday by the hospital and Nora's parents - her mother, Giana Atanasovska, and father, Ivica Situm.
NEWS
February 9, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The perception that Children's Hospital of Philadelphia jacked up the price of treating a Croatian child is "a big misunderstanding," the child's mother said early Thursday on the hospital's Facebook page, pleading with Croatian supporters "not to write any more bad comments on the hospital pages. " Dana Atanasovska Situm, who is taking her 5-year-old daughter Nora Situm to Children's for a last-ditch experimental therapy for leukemia, apologized for the misunderstanding and blamed it on the hurry and confusion of the past few days.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The perception that Children's Hospital of Philadelphia jacked up the price of treating a Croatian child is "a big misunderstanding," the child's mother said on the hospital's Facebook page, pleading with Croatian supporters "not to write any more bad comment on the hospital pages. " Dana Atanasovka Situm, who is taking her 5-year-old daughter Nora Situm to Children's for a last-ditch experimental therapy for leukemia, apologized for the misunderstanding and blamed the hurry and confusion of the past few days.
NEWS
September 16, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jadranka Fischer, 65, of Devon, who worked to increase awareness of the war in her native Croatia during the 1990s and raised money to support about 10 Croatian children orphaned during the war, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Paoli Hospital. Mrs. Fischer was the wife of Raoul Fischer, a retired marketing executive with Unisys Corp. in Blue Bell. In 1992, an exhibition of photographs from the Croatian war organized by Mrs. Fischer was displayed in Washington and Philadelphia, her husband said.
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